2015/16 sees Alexander Joel make debuts with Opéra de Marseille (Manon), Opernhaus Zürich (Turandot) and his North American debut with Boston Lyric Opera (Die Lustige Witwe). He returns to Royal Opera House Covent Garden for his third season there with Carmen having conducted La traviata and La bohème the last seasons. Following his succesfull debut with Royal Swedish Opera last season, Joel returns there this season for Don Giovanni and Madama Butterfly. At the Vlaamse opera he returns for a new production of Otello under the stage direction of Michael Thalheimer. Further highlights include Turandot at Deutsche Oper Berlin, as well as La traviata at the Staatsoper Hamburg and Volksoper Wien.

Joel has a close connection with the Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp for many seasons, and future plans with the house include new productions of Simon Boccanegra and Der Wunder der Heliane, as well as a series of symphonic concerts for the upcoming seasons.

A regular guest at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Joel returned there last season for a new production of Rigoletto. Other highlights in the last few seasons have included Premieres of Madama Butterfly at the Staatsoper Hamburg (available on DVD with Arthaus), Verdi's Macbeth at the Royal Danish Opera, and Faust at the Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden, as well as regular guest engagements at houses such as the Bayerische Staatsoper, New National Theatre in Toyko, and Den Norske Opera.

On the concert platform, highlights of the next seasons includes his symphonic debut with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (after his work with them at the Geneva Opera), and WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln at the Konzerthaus in Dortmund. Other recent orchestral debuts have included concerts with the Theatro Municipal de São Paulo, Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Montpellier, Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano, BBC Philharmonic and WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln.


Turandot, Deutsche Oper Berlin, September 2015

"...Pure Prachtentfaltung, als wolle man die stupide Nüchternheit der Bühne ausgleichen, fand im Orchestergraben unter der Leitung von Alexander Joel statt..."

20.9.2015, Der Opernfreund Ingrid Wanja

2015/2016 Preview


WDR Konzerthaus Dortmund (Mai 2016)
Orchestre de La Suisse Romande (June 2016)
Vlaamse opera Orchester (January 2016)

New Opera Productions:

Manon (Marseilles)
Otello (Vlaamse Opera)
Merry Widow (Boston Lyric opera)


Carmen (Royal Opera House Covent GArden)
Turandot (Zürich Opera and Deutsche Oper Berlin)
Madama Butterfly (Royal Swedish opera)
La Traviata (Staatsoper Hamburg and Volksoper Wien)
Don Giovanni (Royal Swedish opera)